MANILA—Paul Riechler, the lead counsel of the Philippines at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said yesterday that China might lose its influence over Southeast Asian nations if it will defy the decision of the UN tribunal over the West Philippine Sea dispute.
“By defying a judgment, particularly if it’s a unanimous judgment, particularly if it’s well-reasoned, if it’s well-explained and if it is understood and supported by the international community… China will be branded… an international outlaw state,” Riechler was quoted as saying in a Philippine Star report.
Reichler believes that China will soon overturn its initial response.
“There’s no enforcement mechanism in any of these cases but states comply. The reason they do is that they have strong incentives for compliance among other things,” he said in the same report.
Riechler cited an occasion when US President Ronald Reagan defied the decision of the international court when it mandated the United States of America to stop it’s violation of international law by supporting military and paramilitary activities against Nicaragua. The USA soon abided with the mandates of the international court.
Riechler said that China may still save it’s face with the help of Southeast Asian countries on bringing it back to a community of nations that aim for peace.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague will decide on the arbitration case filed by the Philippines in 2016.